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Employee tweets about the workplace after hours – what can you do?

Case: Social media use after hours An employee of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship applied to the court for an interlocutory injunction to prevent adverse action by her employer, who she believed was planning to terminate her employment. The employee used a Twitter account under a pseudonym to express her criticisms of government and […]

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Developing your staff is good for business

Does your company regularly invest in professional development for its employees? If not, it may be time to reconsider the many benefits that it can bring to your business. A lot of small business owners shy away from investing in employee education and training because they think that it will cost them too much. But […]

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Minimum Wage Increase 2017 and Update on the Penalty Rates Decision

As part of its annual wage review, the Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has today ordered an increase to the national minimum wage of 3.3%. The new national minimum wage will be $694.90 per week or $18.30 per hour. This constitutes an increase of $22.20 per week to the weekly rate or 59 cents per […]

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The benefits of automating your HR

There’s no doubt about it – automation is changing the face of HR. With so many tasks now involved in managing employees, businesses are now looking for ways to stream line processes, make tasks easier and save as much time as possible. It’s important to remember that HR will always be about people, but there […]

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Engaged staff = Happy staff

The importance of employee engagement can’t be understated – It’s one of the key elements of a having a successful and productive business. There have been endless studies that show that engaged employees are assets to your business. They are more likely to voluntarily invest extra time and effort into their jobs and more likely to […]

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Performance Management Discussions Don’t Need To Be Scary

  You have an employee who isn’t quite performing or contributing their fair share. While you know it’s something that you need to address, its certainly not something you’re looking forward to doing. Raising your concerns with an employee about under-performance can be a difficult task– especially if the person is a long-term member of […]

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What’s so important about the onboarding process?

Attention employers: here’s an easy way to help retain your talent. When research shows 25 per cent of employees leave their jobs after just three months, you know it’s time to address the reasons, and stop them from happening to you. [...]

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Casual Troubles: Redundancy payments to include prior casual service

Case Study: AMWU v Forgacs Engineering On 22 February 2016, the AMWU made an application in relation to an interpretation of the Forgacs Engineering Pty Ltd Enterprise Agreement 2013. The Commission was asked to determine whether prior periods of casual service count as service for the purposes of notice of termination and severance payments. The […]

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